AU658584B2 - Vehicle anti-theft system - Google Patents

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AU658584B2
AU658584B2 AU87023/91A AU8702391A AU658584B2 AU 658584 B2 AU658584 B2 AU 658584B2 AU 87023/91 A AU87023/91 A AU 87023/91A AU 8702391 A AU8702391 A AU 8702391A AU 658584 B2 AU658584 B2 AU 658584B2
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R25/00Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles
    • B60R25/01Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles operating on vehicle systems or fittings, e.g. on doors, seats or windscreens
    • B60R25/04Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles operating on vehicle systems or fittings, e.g. on doors, seats or windscreens operating on the propulsion system, e.g. engine or drive motor
    • B60R25/06Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles operating on vehicle systems or fittings, e.g. on doors, seats or windscreens operating on the propulsion system, e.g. engine or drive motor operating on the vehicle transmission
    • B60R25/066Locking of hand actuated control actuating means
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R25/00Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles
    • B60R25/10Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles actuating a signalling device
    • B60R25/1001Alarm systems associated with another car fitting or mechanism, e.g. door lock or knob, pedals
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R25/00Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles
    • B60R25/10Fittings or systems for preventing or indicating unauthorised use or theft of vehicles actuating a signalling device
    • B60R25/1004Alarm systems characterised by the type of sensor, e.g. current sensing means
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
    • Y10TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
    • Y10T70/00Locks
    • Y10T70/50Special application
    • Y10T70/5889For automotive vehicles
    • Y10T70/5925Transmission
    • Y10T70/5934Selective-type shift rod, fork or block

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99$ 41 9 9 99994' 9 4, 9 9* Name and Address of Applicant: Actual Inventor(s): Address for Service: Invention Title: Mul-T-Lock Ltd.
Southern Industrial Zone 70 653 Yavne
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Noach Eizen Spruson Ferguson, Patent Attorneys Level 33 St Martins Tower, 31 Market Street Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia Vehicle Anti-Theft System The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method of performing it known to me/us:- L B i91 13350rav.bar I-3054 8.10.1991 FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates generally to anti-theft devices for motor vehicles.
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*r~i BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Various types of anti-theft devices are known for use with motor vehicles. These include, for example, intrusion alarms, ignition locks, ignition interlocks, steering wheel and brake locks and the like. A particularly successful anti-theft device is described and claimed in U.S. Patent No. 4,693,099 dated September 15, 1987, and is marketed by the present assignees.
It is-known for a vehicle to be protected by multiple anti-theft devices. The use of multiple devices is generally inconvenient due to the multiple operations that must be undertaken both to activate and to deactivate the anti-theft devices each time the operator leaves, enters or operates the e vehicle.
There "re known in the patent literature various gear lever locking devices. U.S. Patents 1,615,539 and 1,853,036 describe gear shift lever locks which are integrally formed with a gear shift lever handle and which is operative for permitting the vehicle ignition to be turned off only when the gear shift lever is locked.
U.S. Patents 1,280,896; 1,453,004; 1,815,417; and 252,293,197 describe locking devices for gear shift levers which K are integrally formed with or attached to the gear shift mechanism. U.S. Patent 4{,6 7 9 ,4 1 1 7 describes a transmission selector assembly having a built in selector assembly including a key operated lock which is angled upwardly.
C LF 04 3 Summary of the Invention There is disclosed herein a vehicle anti-theft system comprising: a gear shift lock having a lock housing; a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock; a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock, said ancillary vehicle anti-theft device including electronic circuitry for controlling the operation of the anti-theft device located inside said lock housing.
There is further disclosed herein a vehicle including: a gear shift lock having a lock housing; a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock; a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock, said ancillary vehicle anti-theft device including electronic circuitry for controlling the operation of the anti-theft device located inside said lock housing.
There is further disclosed herein a method for preventing vehicle theft including the steps of providing a gear shift lock having a lock housing: a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock; 25 a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock, said ancillary vehicle anti-theft SC t 30 device including electronic circuitry for controlling the operation of the anti-theft device C t located inside said lock housing; and positioning the lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock, thereby actuating the ancillary vehicle anti-theft device.
S' There is further disclosed herein a vehicle anti-theft system comprising: a gear shift lock having a lock housing; a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock by insertion thereof into the gear shift lock without requiring key operation; St [N:\LI6LL]00161 :LMM 4 a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock.
Brief Description of the Drawings A preferred form of the present invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein: Fig. 1 is a pictorial illustration of a vehicle including anti-theft apparatus; 1o Fig. 2 is a partial exploded view illustration of part of an anti-theft apparatus; Fig. 3 is an exploded view illustration of part of an anti-theft apparatus; Fig. 4 is a pictorial illustration of part of the anti-theft apparatus of Fig. 2; Figs. 5A and 5B are respective side view and top view illustrations of the apparatus of Fig. 3; Fig. 6 is a side sectional view illustration taken along the lines VI-VI of Fig. Fig. 7 is a sectional view illustration taken along the lines VII-VII of Fig. 6; and Fig. 8 is a block diagram illustration of the gear lock and ancillary anti-theft device system.
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•o a *f *LLL]00161 LMM *h Reference is now made to Fig. 1, which illustrates a motor vehicle 10 having a gear shift lever 12, preferably of the floor mounted type. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention there is provided a retrofittable gear shift lock, indicated generally by reference numeral 14, which is arranged for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lever 12, but which is not normally mounted thereon or attached I thereto.
to, 1o One principal feature of the present invention resides I tr t in the upwards orientation of key entry surface or face 16 of the -r gear shift lock 14, which is preferably not vertical, as t C distinguished from the prior art. Another principal feature of the present invention is that the gear shift lock 14 is with an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device, such as, for example, one or more of the following: audio or visual alarm, ignition or vehicle operation interlocking means, intrusion or ic vehicle motion detection apparatus, any other suitable vehicle anti-theft device. Preferably all or a significant part of the S' ocontrol electronics for the ancillary anti-theft device is located within the housing of the gear lock.
Another principal feature of the invention resides in its universal, retrofittable construction, which enables it to be installed after completion of manufacture in most automobile 2_ models and does not require attachment to the gear mechanism itself.
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the construction and mounting of the gear shift lock 14 on a vehicle. As seen particularly in Fig. 2, the gear shift lock 14 includes a housing assembly comprising a mounting bracket which is typically bolted onto the vehicle chassis using bolts 22 and shear nuts 24. A lock surroinding housing element 26 is mounted onto an upstanding apertured portion 27 of mounting bracket 20 by means of bolts 28, which also serve to attach a reinforcing cover member 30 over portion 27.
«e A yoke 32 preferably having a snap on plastic cover 34 \o is arranged to removably extend through the apertures in 'C apertured portion 27 and reinforcing cover member 30 and to be e. locked in a gear shift lever engaging position by a lock i located within housing element 26.
A cover member 42, typically formed of plastic, is 1' disposed over the housing element 26 and is configured to provide ,a pair of sockets 44 and 45 for receiving yoke 32 in either of two mutually perpendicular orientations, such as those indicated by reference numerals 46 and 48, when the yoke 32 is not in a gear shift lever engagement orientation. It is noted that the Oangular orientation of the key receiving cylinder opening 50 of t St i lock enclosure '26 is upward and between the horizontal with respect to the vehicle chassis, here represented by plane 52 and the vertical with respect to the vehicle chassis, here represented by plane 54, and is preferably arranged to lie at degrees therebetween.
Referring now particularly to Fig. 3, it is seen that disposed within the housing element 26 there is provided lock which includes a base member 60, a pair of angled bolts 62 r .aM A
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and 64 which are slidably mounted with respect to base member and a spring 66, which is operative to urge the bolts away from each other and into engagement with corresponding recesses 68 and of yoke 32.
Cooperating with base member 60 is a cylinder mounting member 72, which :is arranged for mounting a cylinder 74 preferably at a generally 45 degree angle with respect to the bottom surface of member 60 and the plane of yoke 32 when in locking engagement.
t, 10 Electronic circuitry 80, forming part or substantially 4,t all of an ancillary anti-theft device is also disposed within housing element 26. A yoke locking orientation sensor 82 is preferably associated with circuitry 80 for sensing when the yoke 32 is in a locked orientation with respect to lock 40. Sensor 82 may be any suitable type of sensor, such as a microswitch, 4 t capacitive, magnetic or optical sensor.
A set screw assembly 84 is preferably provided to t t maintain internal parts 60, 62, 64, 66, 72, 74, 80 and 82 in a generally fixed orientation within the housing 26. Unscrewing the loset screw 84 allows easy access to the internal parts of the apparatus, such as when it is necessary to change the cylinder.
Reference is now made to Fig. 8, which is a block diagram illustration of an ancillary alarm system useful in the present invention. Sensor 82 provides an output indicating the 2 LOCKED/UNLOCKED status of the gear lever lock 14 via actuation -delay circuitry 90 to an alarm control circuit 92. The alarm control circuit may be any suitable alarm control circuit, which -7 Lu-- .i is preferably of a sufficiently small size as to be locatable within the available space in housing element 26. It may be embodied in a suitable integrated circuit as appropriate and should include standard functions of alarm controls commercially available from Visonic Ltd. of Israel. The alarm control receives alarm inputs from various sensors such as a volume sensor 94, for example, a passive infrared sensor manufactured by Visonic Ltd.
of Israel, a motion sensor 96, for example, a conductive ball j I sensor, commercially available from Nahshol Electronics Ltd. of 10 Israel and any other suitable sensor 98, such as a sensor which senses the attempted starting of a vehicle, the breaking of glass S* or any other relevant parameters.
The alarm control may include false alarm prevention features as appropriate and alarm indication output logic circuitry of conventional design and operation. The alarm control I may operate a number of output devices, which may additionally or l alternatively receive control outputs directly from sensor 82 or via actuation delay 90. The output devices may include one and ,t more of the following: an ignition interlock 100, which prevents i 20 starting of the vehicle when the gear lever lock is locked, vehicle operat in interlock apparatus 102 which prevents operation of the vehicle when the gear lever lock is locked and which may include a valve on the fuel line or a switch on the high voltage power supply to the spark plugs.
I <Additionally, the alarm control apparatus may operate audio and/or visual alarms 104, such as lights, sirens, automatic dial attempted theft reporting apparatus and the like, to provide an output indication of attempted theft. 7" ii i€ .7 Suitable wiring may be provided to enable communication between the various elements of the circuitry of Fig. 8.
Alternatively one or more communication links may employ wireless communications such as infrared or radio communications.
It will be appreciated by persons skilled in the art that the present invention is not limited by what has been particularly shown and described hereinabove. Rather the scope of the present invention is defined only by the claims which follow: I t tu
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1. A vehicle anti-theft system comprising: a gear shift lock having a lock housing; a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock; a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock, said ancillary vehicle anti-theft 1 o device including electronic circuitry for controlling the operation of the anti-theft device located inside said lock housing.
2. The system according to claim 1 and wherein said ancillary vehicle anti-theft device comprises at least one of the following devices: audio alarm, visual alarm, vehicle operation prevention means, intrusion detection apparatus and vehicle motion detection apparatus.
3. The system according to claim 1 and wherein said electronic circuitry conmmunicates with the ancillary vehicle anti-theft device by means of wireless communication means.
4. The system according to claim 1 and wherein said lock housing includes having a reinforced apertured portion through which legs of the yoke extend when the yoke is in locking engagement with the gear shift lock.
5. The system according to claim 1 and wherein said ancillary veriicle anti-theft device is actuated following a predetermined delay.
6. A vehicle including: a gear shift lock having a lock housing; a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock; a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock 30 yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock, said ancillary vehicle anti-theft device including electronic circuitry for controlling the operation of the anti-theft device located inside said lock housing.
7. The vehicle according to claim 6 and wherein said ancillary vehicle anti-theft device comprises at least one of the following devices: audio alarm, visual alarm, ignition operation interlocking means, vehicle operation interlocking means, intrusion detection apparatus and vehicle motion detection apparatus. [N:\LIBLL]00161:LMM k6i 11
8. The vehicle according to claim 6 and wherein said electronic circuitry communicates with the ancillary vehicle anti-theft device by means of wireless communication means.
9. The vehicle according to claim 6 and wherein said lock housing defines a surface lying upwardly in a plane angled between the horizontal and vertical directions with respect to the vehicle and said surface defines a key receiving opening. A method for preventing vehicle theft including the steps of providing a gear shift lock having a lock housing: a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock; a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock, said ancillary vehicle anti-theft device including electronic circuitry for controlling the operation of the anti-theft device located inside said lock housing; and positioning the lock yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock, thereby actuating the ancillary vehicle anti-theft device.
11. A vehicle anti-theft system comprising: a gear shift lock having a lock housing; a lock yoke for selectable locking engagement with the gear shift lock by insertion thereof into the gear shift lock without requiring key operation; a yoke locking orientation sensor for sensing when said lock yoke is in locking engagement with said gear shift lock; and 25 an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is actuated by positioning of said lock t tt yoke in locking engagement with said gear shift lock and is deactuated by removal of the 0 cc yoke from locking engagement with the gear shift lock.
12. A vehicle anti-theft system according to claim 11 and wherein said gear shift Ilock comprises: a base member, a pair of bolts which are slidable with respect to said base member C< and a spring which is operative to urge the bolts into locking engagement with said base member and said lock yoke.
13. A vehicle anti-theft system substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanyinig drawings.
14. A vehicle comprising the anti-theft system of claim 13. A method for preventing vehicle theft, the method being substantially as 'hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings. 'ti S[N:\LIBLL]00161:LMM o /2 12
16. A vehicle protected Ly the method of claim 10 or claim Dated 16 February, 1995 MuI-T-Lock Ltd. Patent Attorneys for the Applicant/Nominated Person SPRUSON FERGUSON 9 9 9. 9 9 .9.9 99 9. .4 (NALIBLLOOI61 :LMM Vehicle Anti-Theft System Abstract A vehicle anti-theft system comprises a gear shift lock (14) and an ancillary vehicle anti-theft device which is operated automatically by operation of the gear shift lock (14). TI *Figure I 4 9 KS/3589D KRS/3589D
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